Water Leaks

If you suspect you have a leak, it is best to get it repaired as soon as possible to prevent water waste and avoid escalating costs for water lost.

Water Loss in Gallons

At 60 p.s.i.

  • 1/32" leak size  =  6,000 gallon loss per month
  • 1/16" leak size  =  25,000 gallon loss per month
  • 1/8"  leak size  =  100,000 gallon loss per month
  • 1/4"  leak size  = 400,000 gallon loss per month
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Based on information made available by the U.S. EPA,
  • The average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  • The most common leaks that occur in the home are from worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable. 
  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That's the amount needed to take 180 showers!
  • Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets and replacing them, if necessary.
  • A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute waste more than 500 gallons per year. That's the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher!
  • If your toilet is leaking, the cause is most often a old, faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this inexpensive rubber parts decays, or minerals build up on it. It's usually best to replace the entire rubber flapper - a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it -yourself project.
  • If you need to replace an entire toilet, look for a WaterSense labeled model.
  • Irrigation systems should be checked each spring before use to make sure it was not damaged by frost or freezing
  • Check your garden hose and spigot for leaks.
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